The door selection guide

SOLODOOR doors and doorframes look great in every interior. You can choose fully panelled doors or glazed doors in many finishes and surface variants and decorations. Thanks to the well-conceived visualisation, you can see in advance how the various doors will look right in your flat or your home. If you already know which door model is suitable for you, simply enter the door and its specific configuration into the configurator .

What do I need to consider beforehand? 5 steps for satisfied living

1. What type of door?

Firstly, it is necessary to consider the type of door you need and how many of them. Are you considering interior doors , interior entrance doors or exterior doors. Each of   these types of doors are made from   different materials and they have different properties. The doorframe which completes the door set also constitutes an integral part of the door  .

2. What   purpose will the door serve?

There are rooms which require sufficient lighting and as such it is necessary to select glazed doors. Bedroom or bathroom doors are a matter of personal taste; some people prefer fully panelled doors because of privacy and soundproofing, while others prefer partially or fully glazed doors in a  matt finish glass which adds lightness to the interior. We recommend the use of   safety glass in households with children. It is always necessary to carefully consider what we expect from a door.

3. The method of opening?

The decision as to which direction the door will open in, i.e. inwards or outwards, is of significant importance. If   you already have hinges on the doorframe, it is sufficient to stand in front of the door and to look at the hinges. If they are on the left, you need a left-hand door, but if they are on the right you need a right-hand door. Visit our Door Opening Manual, if you are still unsure. It is also possible to use sliding doors. At   present, they are becoming increasing popular due to space savings and they are made to go on the wall or to slide into a hollow wall structure.

4. What door dimensions?

Another step involves measuring the dimensions for the door. If you do not feel up to doing this yourself, we recommend that you use the services of the salespeople who offer professional measuring. Doors are most commonly sold in   dimensions of 80 and 90 cm / 197 cm which is the open width and height of the doorframe. A width of 60 or 70 cm is sufficient for a chamber or technical room, but it is necessary to take this into account in the construction project. Use the Door Measuring Manuals for more detailed information on the correct measuring of the doors.

5. What surface finish, decorations and special features should I choose for the door?

The selection of the surface finish depends on the degree to which the door will be loaded in the   future. For example, choose more resistant surfaces such as the abrasion proof CPL or SOLO 3D materials for rooms   with significant loading, used by children or pets or in bathrooms where there is humidity. SOLO 3D doors faithfully imitate natural wood and their maintenance is not as demanding as in the case of real wooden doors. Lovers of wooden decorations can always select the traditional material known as veneer, but this does require some care. Film surfaces are also a matter of course. It is necessary to pay attention to the handles and metal fittings . In   some rooms, for example in boiler rooms or garages, we choose fire doors or fire safety doors at the entrance doors to flats . It is advisable to fit soundproof doors in rooms such as bedrooms and children’s rooms.